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NAMBIAR’S TECHNICAL MASTERY, RANE’S INTENSITY MAKE ‘TAISH’ UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

Murtaza Ali Khan

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NAMBIAR’S TECHNICAL MASTERY, RANE’S INTENSITY MAKE ‘TAISH’ UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

By choosing to release Taish simultaneously as a film as well as a six-episode series, Bejoy Nambiar has mounted an interesting storytelling experiment. Film and series are of course two very different mediums and both have their strengths and weaknesses. A story which works in one medium may not work in the other and vice versa. But, before we analyse the two versions of Taish, let’s first try and put the storyline into perspective. Set in the UK, Taish revolves around a family of gangsters and a family of doctors. The two worlds clash amidst a wedding and all hell breaks loose. It’s essentially a tale of friendship, betrayal, love, and revenge. Taish stars Harshvardhan Rane, Pulkit Samrat, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Kriti Kharbanda, Jim Sarbh, Abhimanyu Singh, Saurabh Sachdeva, Saloni Batra, Zoa Morani, Ankur Rathee, and Ikhlaque Khan in pivotal roles.

People look up to Hollywood when it comes to the depiction of raw and gritty action. But what Bejoy Nambiar achieves in Taish is no mean feat. We are treated with some brilliant moments of action, whether one speaks of combat or chase sequences. Taish also offers intense and deeply passionate moments of romance. The brilliant editing, trippy soundscape, and breathtaking cinematography elevate Taish above anything seen in the Indian entertainment space in recent years. The single most amazing thing about Taish is that it starts on a moment of high intensity and Nambiar is able to maintain the level of intensity for the most part. Of course, there are many tender moments in between, but it does live up to its title which translates to rage and passion. 

When the two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee cast Tony Chiu-Wai Leung for the part of Mr Yee (a special agent and recruiter of the puppet government set up by the Japanese occupation in China) for his film Lust, Caution (2007), he made the actor study the performances of Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris (1972), Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place (1950) and Richard Burton in Equus (1977), to give him a sense of wounded masculinity, which Lee thought was right characterisation for the role of Mr Yee. Now, their masculinity can be described as wounded because among other things there is a sense of self-destructive drive in all these characters. For example, the widower character Paul played by Brando in Last Tango in Paris enters an abusive relationship with a young girl while he is still mourning his wife’s recent suicide. Bogart’s temperamental screenwriter character in In a Lonely Place, Dixon Steele, a murder suspect, falls in love with a neighbour while on the verge of a breakdown. Now, I think we can safely add Harshvardhan Rane’s gangster character Pali Brar from Taish to the above list. Pali’s self-destructive drive is a result of losing out the love of his life to his elder brother who is like a father to him.

Pali is a powerhouse of a character and Rane immortalises it by delivering the best performance of his career thus far. It’s such a treat to see a non-Punjabi actor demonstrate such command over the Eastern Punjabi dialect. He showed a similar command over Punjabi in J.P. Dutta’s Paltan also but it mostly went unnoticed. Fortunately for Rane, it didn’t escape Nambiar’s attention. Rane’s chemistry with Sanjeeda Shaikh in Taish is riveting to watch and savour. Pulkit Samrat manages to show a different side to him in Taish. In a couple of scenes with Rane, he is even able to hold his own. Jim Sarbh is solid as ever. Some of the scenes that he shares with Pulkit and Kriti are really intense. Also, Saurabh Sachdeva, Abhimanyu Singh, Ikhlaque Khan, Saloni Batra, and Bikramjit Gurm deserve special mention for their memorable performances.

The film version of Taish runs at 143 minutes. On the other hand, the total runtime of the series is 178 minutes. Both versions are streaming on ZEE5. While the former unfolds linearly, the latter follows a non-linear narrative. After finishing both the versions (series followed by the film), I decided to approach the director with a basic question. I asked him which of the two versions does he personally prefers, and why? And I got a very interesting response. “It’s a tough question. Each version has its pros and cons and for me, it’s extremely difficult to choose one over the other,” replied Nambiar. So, which of the two versions is superior, according to me? Well, that simply depends on whether you prefer to watch it in a single seating or want to conveniently watch just one episode at a time. Perhaps, the film version can be approached as the theatrical cut and the series as the director’s cut. Nambiar’s films are always technically brilliant and one Hollywood filmmaker that he can be compared with is Michael Mann. Just like Mann, Nambiar has always been considered a master of style. But his films have always been accused of lacking substance. With Taish, however, he seems to have a successfully married style with equal parts of substance.

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ANGAD BEDI, MOUNI ROY’S NEW SONG ‘BAITHE BAITHE’ TO RELEASE ON 28 JULY

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MUMBAI : Actors Angad Bedi and Mouni Roy will be seen together in an upcoming music video titled ‘Baithe Baithe’.

Taking to Instagram, Angad shared that the new song will be out on July 28. He also unveiled the first poster of the song, wherein he and Mouni are seen dressed up in ethnic attires.

“Do you believe in love at first sight? Baithe Baithe releasing on 28th July 2021,” Angad wrote. ‘Baithe Baithe’ is sung by Stebin Ben, Danish Sabri and Aishwarya Pandit. Meet Bros have composed the love track.

Mouni has also shared the poster of the song on her Instagram handle. With the announcement, congratulatory messages and best wishes have poured in for the actors. “Congrats beauty,” actor Vidya Malwade commented.“Best of luck. Can’t wait to hear the song,” a fan commented.

On the film front, Mouni will be seen in ‘Brahmastra’ and ‘Bole Chudiya’. The details of Angad’s upcoming film and shows projects have not been announced yet.

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HARBHAJAN SINGH WRAPS UP SHOOTING FOR ‘FRIENDSHIP’

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MUMBAI : Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh has finished shooting for his film ‘Friendship’.

Film’s producer Kiran Reddy Mandadi has given the shooting update about Harbhajan. Reddy also shared that the cricketer-turned-actor will start his dubbing soon. “I feel extremely delighted to share that we have wrapped up the final schedule for Friendship. It was just an amazing experience working with the fun, ball of energy that Harbhajan is. He is now going to start his dubbing soon as the film releases in multiple languages- Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi and Telugu. It is as exciting as it gets as Bhajji will be taking onto the screens with a different avatar and speaking different languages, which will definitely reach the audiences soon,” Reddy said in a statement.

The trailer of the film will be released by the end of this month. Apart from Harbhajan, Arjun and Losliya are also playing the lead roles in the upcoming movie. Presented by Toughened Studios Limited, ‘Friendship’ is Directed by John Paul Raj and Sham Surya.

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TWINKLE SHARES CHILDHOOD PICTURE WITH LATE AUNT

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MUMBAI: Author Twinkle Khanna on Sunday took a stroll down memory lane and shared a childhood picture with her late aunt Simple Kapadia and sister Rinke Khanna.

In the picture, Twinkle and Rinke look super cute while posing with Simple Kapadia, who’s the younger sister of veteran actor Dimple Kapadia. For the unversed, Simple made her acting debut with ‘Anurodh’, opposite her brother-in-law and late superstar Rajesh Khanna. Unfortunately, in 2009, Simple breathed her last after her long battle with cancer. She is survived by son Karan Kapadia. Coming back to Twinkle’s post, it garnered a lot of love from social media users. “Beautiful pic,” a netizen commented. “Hahha…such cute photo,” another one wrote. Along with the throwback image, the former actor expressed her thoughts on nostalgia. “Nostalgia is akin to the red and white Phantom cigarettes of our childhood. Like all sugary treats, it may prove detrimental as a daily habit, but it could provide occasional respite. A way of transporting ourselves to a time when we felt loved and safe, and sometimes, oh so cool, as we inhaled the minty smell of a candy-stick held between our lips. Nostalgia reminds us of not just how we lived, but what it was like to thrive,” she captioned the post. 

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NIKKI TAMBOLI SHARES HER EXPERIENCE IN KHATRON KE KHILADI

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Nikki Tamboli gained popularity after Bigg Boss 14, and was recently seen in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 (KKK). Nikki was the first contestant to get eliminated after she was unable to perform the stunt. Nikki Tamboli spoke to The Daily Guardian about her Khatro Ke Khiladi journey and other projects.

How was your experience of being a part of Khatron Ke Khiladi? -I love to take up new challenges in my life so Khatron ke Khiladi was one of the most challenging experience for me. Every moment in Khatron Ke Khiladi was an experience. I had a phobia over most of things.  I tried to face them but unfortunately could not even face it. Though it was a short journey for me but I loved everything about the show. From Rohit sir to my fellow contestants, it was indeed an amazing experience!

Your Journey in KKK11 though short but was extremely entertaining how would you describe that ? Yes it was a short journey. When I performed my first stunt I had got an intuition that I won’t be able to go further. I was scared and could not manipulate my mind to do the stunts. I had to keep it entertained as did not want the audience and fans to get bored and wanted them to laugh and enjoy. Overall it was an amazing journey. Which stunt do you think was the most toughest one and why? It would be my elimination stunt as I did not know how to hold my breath underwater and perform the stunt which was really tough as I have never done something like before and I had panicked. I thought I’ll perform the stunt but as soon as I went in the water catfish and snakes were put on me which made me panic more. It was too dangerous.

Who was your favourite contestants from KKK11 who you think can win the show? My favourite contestant is none other than Arjun Bijlani and we share a good bond. Vishal Aditya Singh and Shweta Tiwari are also those who deserve to win. But my favourite would be Arjun. You already gave 3 hit songs what are the other upcoming projects on your list ? I am waiting to shoot for the songs which are lined up. I have also signed a Bollywood film and a south Indian film as well. I am also planning to be a part of webseries and tv shows. Fingers crossed.

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‘FEELING BLESSED’: SHRUTI ON COMPLETING 12 YEARS IN BOLLYWOOD

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MUMBAI: On completion of her remarkable 12 years in Bollywood, actor Shruti Haasan said that she is feeling blessed and wants to get better everyday.

For the unversed, the actor made her Hindi film debut with the film ‘Luck’, which was released in 2009. Taking to Instagram, Shruti penned a heartfelt note expressing her gratitude towards her fans.

“12 years ago today – I had no idea what I was getting into… all I knew was that I like it and I wanted to get better everyday – I still feel that way… a LOT has changed and for that, I am so grateful. Thank you for all the love and support… I have a special place in my heart for you. I feel blessed truly onwards and upwards everyday feels like a new journey has just begun,” she wrote.

Along with it, Shruti posted a few pictures of herself from the movie ‘Luck’.

Currently, the ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ actor is busy shooting for her web series in Mumbai.

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SHAH RUKH LEAVES RARE COMMENTS ON SUHANA’S PHOTOSHOOT

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Film producer and interior designer Gauri Khan has treated her followers to some new pictures of her daughter Suhana Khan. On Friday, she took to Instagram to share a bunch of pictures from a new photoshoot she did for Suhana. In the photos, which are all clicked by Gauri, Suhana is seen posing by a pool in a white tank top and blue denim shorts. She is also holding a can of Coca Cola in a couple of pictures.

Sharing the photos, Gauri wrote, “Yes !!!! Blue is my favourite colour.” Suhana also shared pictures from the shoot and invoked Cindy Crawford’s famous Coca Cola shoot in the caption. “Pretend it’s a Pepsi and I’m Cindy Crawford,” she wrote.

In the comments section, Suhana’s father, actor Shah Rukh Khan delivered a rare comment. “Can I pretend it’s you and the cola is incidental…..and still appreciate the picture,” he wrote. Shah Rukh rarely leaves any comments on Suhana’s posts on Instagram. On Gauri’s post, he wrote, “Whatever colour you take the picture in and Suhana is in it, is our favourite colour.”

Suhana called Gauri the ‘Best photographer’ and Shah Rukh’s Raees co-star Mahira Khan also left a comment. “How gorgeous is Suhana! MashAllah xx,” she wrote. Shanaya Kapoor, Maheep Kapoor, Seema Khan, Bhavana Pandey, all left loving comments and emojis on the post.

Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan have three children–son Aryan and AbRam and daughter Suhana. Suhana is their middle child and currently pursuing a course in film studies at Tisch School of Arts at the New York University. Suhana wishes to be an actor like her father and has acted in a short movie with her friends and some stage productions at her school.

The couple’s eldest son Aryan does not aspire to be an actor but a filmmaker. He recently graduated from the University of Southern California, where he was pursuing a course in film studies as well.

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